Advent Sunday 2020

Dear Friends,

We are now in the church season of Advent, a time when we pray and wait with anticipation for the coming of Jesus. This year our lives are so very different in many ways from the times in the past when we have had special Advent services, turning on of the town lights, special Christmas Markets and generally starting the season with enthusiasm and joy.

Today may not seem very joyous or special in the usual way but perhaps we need to stop and think. In Hebrews 13 v8 we read this ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.’ Jesus is the same whatever is going on in your life or the world. The birth of Jesus, that we so eagerly await, will still be celebrated whether we can do what we have always done or not. Jesus and the gift of life that we are given will never ever change!

As followers of Jesus we are called to bring the good news of His birth to all around us. We are called to be people of truth, peace, joy and light. During this particular Advent Season we have the chance to bring all of these things to those around us, just in a very different way from what we have been used to May I encourage us all to think of ways in which we can be bringers of truth, peace, joy and light at this most trying of times.

I am going to put a lit-up star in my window this Advent to remind us all of the need for the guidance of God at this time. If you would like to join me do display your star in a prominent place this Advent. Then, seek out conversations with those around us who need to be encouraged in their faith in what has been a very difficult year.

If you would like to link to some Advent on-line resources here are a few ideas:

Norwich Diocese Advent Calendar - Sign up for a daily email.

Norwich Diocese Compline - 9pm every Tuesday and Thursday in Advent with Bishop Graham.

Norwich Diocese Sunday Advent Reflections - by Susanna Gunner.

The Church of England Advent services

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The following announcement dated Sunday 15th November 2020

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If you have any concerns at this difficult time about weddings or baptisms please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

My contact details:

Rev. Rachael Dines
Team Rector
Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice
01485 535936
07763 211901
Rest Day: Monday

...and contact details for the Assistant Priest

Rev. James Monro
Assistant Priest
Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice
01485 518342

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The eight Parishes of the
Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice

"The United Benefice of Hunstanton St. Edmund, Hunstanton St. Mary with Ringstead Parva St. Andrew, Holme-next-the-Sea St. Mary the Virgin and Thornham All Saints, with Brancaster St. Mary the Virgin, with Burnham Deepdale St. Mary, Ringstead St. Andrew
and Titchwell St. Mary, with Choseley"

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The Revd Rachael Dines

Photo - Tony Foster

The Licensing by the Rt. Rev’d. Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn and the installation by the Venerable Ian Bentley, Archdeacon of Lynn of The Rev’d. Rachael I E Dines took place at St. Edmund’s Church, Hunstanton at 7.30pm on Monday 25th November 2019.

The Rev'd. Rachael was installed as the Priest-in-Charge (Team Rector Designate) of the Hunstanton and Ringstead Benefice and Saxon Shore Benefice.

Photo - Tony Foster

At the same licensing and installation ceremony The Rev'd, James Monro was installed as the Assistant Priest of the Hunstanton and Ringstead Benefice and Saxon Shore Benefice.

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Last updated 30/11/2020
St. Mary's, Burnham Deepdale now open for private prayer.
Services in the Benefice during December.
Contact information added for St. Andrew's, Ringstead.